For Immediate Release:  Sep 16, 2008
2008, 09, 16

Refugee Rights Champions to Visit Hofstra Law on September 24, 2008

Refugee Rights Champions to Visit Hofstra Law on September 24, 2008

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Sun Min
Director of Communications
Hofstra Law
Phone: 516.463.5013

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The debate over immigration law, a hot topic in the presidential race, will take center stage during a special event at Hofstra Law School.

Philip G. Schrag and David Ngaruri Kenney, authors of “Asylum Denied: A Refugee’s Struggle for Safety in America”, will hold a lecture and sign books at Hofstra Law School on Wednesday, September 24 at 6 p.m.

Kenney was arrested, tortured and nearly killed in Kenya.  He will speak about his remarkable escape to the United States as well as the obstacles he faced as government agencies sought to deport him. 
Schrag was Kenney’s lawyer as he fought to remain in the U.S.  A story of courage, perseverance and legal strategy, “Asylum Denied” brings to life the human costs associated with immigration laws and suggests reforms desperately needed to help victims of human rights violations.

Media Availability
The lecture and book signing will take place in Koppelman Hall Room 205 at Hofstra Law School in Hempstead, New York on September 24 at 6 p.m.  For directions, visit   

Philip G. Schrag and David Ngaruri Kenney will also be available to meet individually with reporters and photographers from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. that day. 

To set up an interview, please contact Sun Min at 516.463.5013 or

 “Through their book, ‘Asylum Denied,’ Phil Schrag and David Ngaruri Kenney show the potentially devastating consequences of our harsh immigration laws,” said Associate Clinical Professor Lauris Wren of the Hofstra Law School Asylum Clinic.  “Their spirit and courage in the face of Mr. Kenney’s ordeal highlight the need for change in our legal system and show the difference a skilled attorney can make.  Ultimately, the impact of ‘Asylum Denied’ is far broader than this; it is a story of hope and of the resilience of the human spirit.”

Schrag recently received the 2008 LexisNexis Matthew Bender®
Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law. 

A law professor at Georgetown University, Schrag was honored for his enthusiastic advocacy on behalf of immigrant clients, his deep scholarship in immigration law and his expansive vision of justice.  Schrag is the director of Georgetown University's asylum clinic, which has won asylum for more than 100 refugees.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Schrag has written extensively on asylum, consumer protection, nuclear arms control,
clinical legal education, student financial aid, legal ethics, District of Columbia statehood and other public policy subjects.

Published by the University of California Press, “Asylum Denied” is Schrag’s 13th book.

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